Women in Prison Project
WIPP conducts intensive investigations on key issues related to the effect of criminal justice policy on women and families, such as the impact of domestic violence on women’s incarceration, reproductive health services in prison, and the intersection of child welfare and criminal justice policies. Carried out over the course of several years, this research is informed by expert advisory boards and professional data analysts. At the end of each study, the CA publishes a detailed report of findings and recommendations, which form the basis of strategic, long-term advocacy campaigns to reform the policies and practices.
Select In-Depth Research Reports:
From Protection to Punishment: Post-Conviction Barriers to Justice for Domestic Violence Survivor-Defendants in New York State, an in-depth report that finds domestic violence and women’s incarceration are inextricably linked, and outlines myriad barriers to justice faced by survivors who act to protect themselves from an abuser’s violence.
Women, Incarceration, Reentry and HIV, a comprehensive report finds the majority of incarcerated women living with HIV and HCV or who are at high risk for HIV and HCV eventually return home and resume their various roles in society.
When “Free” Means Losing Your Mother: The Collision of Child Welfare and the Incarceration of Women in New York State, a report highlighting the pernicious effect that incarceration of mothers has on their families and makes recommendations for preserving family ties.
Mandatory Injustice: Case Histories of Women Convicted under New York’s Rockefeller Drug Laws, accounts of incarcerated women serving prison terms under the Rockefeller Drug Laws.
A recent report by the Prisoner Reentry Institute of John Jay College (PRI), “Women InJustice: Gender and the Pathway to Jail in New York City,” is the latest study point out that that physical and sexual trauma and abuse histories are a significant root cause for women and girls’ involvement in the criminal legal system. Read More
This story is the seventh piece in the Truthout series, Severed Ties: The Human Toll of Prisons. This series dives deeply into the impact of incarceration on families, loved ones and communities, demonstrating how the United States' incarceration of more than 2 million people also harms many millions more -- including 2.7 million children. Most [...]Read More
Under unique statutory authority granted to the CA in 1846, WIPP monitors conditions in women’s prisons in New York, a role played by no other group in the country. WIPP coordinates the Coalition for Women Prisoners, a statewide alliance of more than 1,800 people, and carries out advocacy campaigns to reform harmful criminal justice policies. [...]Read More
Watch the Correctional Association’s video about the barbaric – and illegal – shackling of incarcerated women during childbirth. In 2009 New York enacted a statute restricting the use of shackles on women during childbirth. The law bans outright the use of restraints on women throughout labor, delivery and recovery “after giving birth,” which is meant [...]Read More